Saturday, July 10, 2010
Is Kim Couture still fighting on TV?
It is time once again for Big Bad Blog Video Theatre. On this edition, I have the match video for what I hope is Kim Couture's final appearance on TV until she beats someone who wont run from her. This is from last night's XFC show in Tampa. Kim's record was 2-3 but those two wins were against fighters who didn't want to fight her. Fights against qualified opponents have not gone well. So her opponent making her pro MMA debut is Marianna Kheyfets who calls herself The Crushen Russian. Uh huh. Is she a qualified fighter? She seems to be. Her training was at Best Way Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Danbury, CT and they are associated with America's Top Team in Florida. After watching this fight, it's very obvious what ATT sees in her. The two trade blows but Marianna's punches seem a lot crisper. And even when Kim lands a punch, Marianna remains calm and composed. That's a very good sign. A lot of fighters making their pro MMA debut on national TV would panic once they get hit. Of course Kim Couture has no defense. She doesn't move very well and once Marianna gets a clear opening, she knocks Kim down and then finishes her off with a triangle choke at the three minute mark of round one. I'd like to see what Marianna could do against stiffer competition. At this point, Kim Couture is more publicity whore than fighter. If she insists on fighting, she needs to stay off TV until she puts a few wins together. I think Kim has some value as a promoter of women's MMA but not as a fighter. Check out the fight for yourself.